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Minutes a1 thB First SESStan
Baptist Swndag Srl)O0t
Saturday and Sunday
...MAY 28th and 29th, 1898...
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I^HE KIKST SESSION
Baptist Sunday School Convention
Coosa River Baptist Association
PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH
Saturday and Simdai>, TOag 28 and 29,
J. I.. WILKES, President. E. HORK, SecretakV.
E. D. ACKER. Vice President First District.
S. W. WELCH, Vice President Second District.
F. D. FUNDERBURG, Vice Pres. Third District.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD:
J. H. HAVDEN, A. A. HUTTO. ). D. DAVlS.
ELI HORN. JNO. C. WILLIAMS.
S. P. BURNS. G. S. HAM.
PRESS OF OUR MOUNTAIN HOMf,
On motion of F. G. Mullen, C. S. Johnson was elected
chairman pro tem and E. Horn, secretary pro tem.
The following Sunday schools were reported and dele-
gates enrolled :
Alpine — A. A. Hutto, W. II. Allen.
Salem, (Eastabog^i) — E. Horn, H. R. Donaldson.
13ry Valley — John McPherson, J. N. Nelson.
Hepzibah — A. F. Jones.
Sylacauga — J. L. Wilkes, Mrs. S. A. Fluker.
Spring Creek, (Vincent) — R. A. Kidd.
Winterboro — Calvert Gooden, Lilden Blanchard.
Providence, (Tall. Co.) — R. W. Brown, I. A. Adanis.
Pleasant G-rove — T. E. Og-letree, B. S. Elliott.
Refuge— S. A. Burton, W. M. Hall.
Lincoln — E. D. Acker, J. F. D ivis.
Talladega — C. W. Stringer, J. B. Graham, P. S. Williams,
Cropwell — J. R. Roberson, Mrs. j. R. Roberson.
Coosa Valley — J. A. Collins.
Tallasahatchie — G. W. Gardner.
The following were messengers from churches having
no Sunday schools :
Ironaton — G. O, Vise.
Blue Eye — L. M. Madden, M. D. Beavers.
On motion of E. D. Acker, the following committee
was appointed on permanent organization, with F. B,
Lanier chairman : F, B. Lanier, J. L. Wilkes, J. A. Wood-
ward, J. R. Roberson and A. A. Hutto.
E. D. Acker addressed the house on "The Objects of
The Committee on Permanent Organization reported
as follows :
We, your Committee on Permanent Organization, beg to sub-
mit the following:
J. L. Wilkes, President.
E. Horn, Secretary.
C. W. Stringer, Treasurer.
E. D. Acker, Vice President, First District.
S. W. Welch, Vice President, Second District.
F. D. Funderburg, Vice President, Third District.
F. B. Lanier, Chairman.
The report wiis adopted.
Adjourned to i : 30 f. >i.
I : 30 p. M.
Convention called to order by Chairman. Devotional
exercises conducted by J. F. Davis.
J. A. Woodward addressed the convention on "The
Field and Its Needs," followed by F. G. Mullen, E. D.
x\cker, A. A. Hutto, C. S. Johnson and others. The dis-
cu.«ision closed with the adoption of the following reso-
lutions, presented by J. L. Wilkes :
Resolved, That the Sunday school board appointed by the
hist session of the Coosa River Association tog;ether with the
Vice Presidents appointed by this body, are requested to ascertain
what schools, if any, in their respective districts, need financial
assistance in procuring Sunday school literature; to make record and
report any community or chiu'ch that has no Sunday school ; that the
said board make a report to the next association and ask that body to
solicit contributions and create a fund to be disbursed by said board
as it may deem best.
Resolved 2D, That the Secretary is hereby instructed to have
minutes of this convention printed and distributed among the Sun-
day, schools of the Coosa River Association, asking that they make a
special report at the next session of this convention.
Resolved 3D, That the Secretary shall turn over all funds in
his possession, after necessary expenses of printing and distributing
Minutes has been paid.
Resolved 4TH, That the Sunday school board which has
charge of our Sunday school work in this association shall act as
Executive Committee and make such renumeration to the Secretary
as they deem proper and right. A. A. Hutto.
The convention then adjourned with prayer to meet
Sunday at 9:00 A. m.
Sunday, May 29.
The convention was called to order at 9:00 A. m., and
the devotional services conducted by chairman.
At 9: 30 A. M. a Sunday school mass meeting was con-
ducted by J. H. Hayden, president of the Sunday school
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At II A. M. C. S. Johnson preached from Matthew
7:24—27. Theme, "Character Building."
Adjourned till 2:00 p. m.
2 : 00 p. M.
The convention was called to order by the chairman,
and praise service conducted by the choir.
At 2 : 30 p. M. J. B. Graham addressed the convention
on "Loyal Baptists." By motion, it was ordered that the
address, "Loyal Baptists," be published in the minutes of
The following resolution was adopted :
Resolved, That the Sunday school board, which has charge
of our work in this association, agree upon the number of minutes to
be printed and make such renumeration to the Secretary as it deems
proper. A. A. Hutto.
The following resolution was adopted :
Resolved, That J. H. Hayden, E. D. Acker and J. L. Wilkes
be appointed to bear fraternal greetings to the. Talladega County
Union Sunday School Convention soon to convene at Lincoln, Ala.
A. A. Hutto.
RESOLUTION OP^ THANKS.
Resolved, That the thanks of this convention are hereby ex-
pressed to the members of Pleasant Grove Church and citizens of
the community for their unbounded hospitality and kindness shown
to this body in session and to visitors present.
E. D, Acker.
Adopted by a rising vote.
After prayer by T. K. Trotter, the convention ad-
journed sine die.
J. L. WILKES, President.
E. HORN, Secretary.
J. B. QRAHAH'S ADDRESS.
(Yielding to the request of the Sunday School Convention of the
Coosa River Association, I have endeavored to give a
synopsis of a talk which was wholly extemporaneous.
J. B. Graham.)
Loyalty is a great quality. Every one is loyal to something or
somebody. The trouble with the world is that too many people are
loyal to evil causes and bad people, and too few are loyal to righteous
causes and good people. Would that all loyalty were in the cause
BAPTISTS MISUNDERSTOOD AND MISREPRESENTED.
If evangelical churches — the different denominations — knew
more about themselves and one another there would no longer exist
any bitterness, envy and wicked church pride. I am glad that the
days of controversial wars among Christians are gone.
It is not wholly the fault of other denominations that they mis-
understand and misrepresent us. Baptists are safe on the question
of belief. The trouble with us is that we are the most believing and
about the least doing people in the world. If we would practice only
half we believe, we would lead hosts of willing captives into our
NOT FOR IGNORANCE.
Our denomination does not stand for ignorance, either in the
pulpit or pew, though we have many illiterate ministers and mem-
bers. Our people in cities and more prosperous country commu-
nities rank with the best in intelligence and the power of the pulpit
and pew. The cause of education is coming on and the Baptist
hosts are in the front rank.
So far as I know, the only institution in the United States de-
voted exclusively to the education of ministers, and having no organic
connection with any secular school work, is the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky. Nearly every State in the
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Union has a Baptist college, and unfortunately for us, some States
attempt to have more than one.
The time was with our people when we thought that there was
no work for young people to do, and we gave but slight encourage-
ment to Sunday school work. The time was when we thought that
preaching and all church work might be done without special pre-
paration and system. We are now in much better condition, but I
fear that some of these hindrances are still with us.
We need this associational Sunda}' school convention to train
our people, young and old, for special work and special fitness for
work in our Lord's vineyard. A man cannot be born in the full
stature of a man into the kingdom, for Paul says ye are babes in
Christ. The Christian life is one of growth as much so as the physi-
cal life. A man must prepare for his work. When you have the
fever you call a physician, not a farmer; when the grand locomotive
is to draw its load of precious freight, you call an engineer, not a
butcher; when the mighty ship is to plough the deep you call the
sailor pilot, not a lawyer; when the legions are ready for war, you
call the soldier general, not a mule driv^er. Why then should w^e
think that, in the affairs of the kingdom of our God, a man can do
his work on a moment's notice and without preparation.? Is not his
kingdom more than meat and drink? If men must prepare to do the
things of time, what shall we say of the things of Eternitj^.''
The kingdom of grace is one of growth. "Grow in grace and
in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ" — 2d Pet. 3:18. "And
beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to vir-
tue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance and to temperance
patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kind-
ness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things be in you
and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor un-
fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that
lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar off and hath for-
gotten that he was purged from his old sins." — 2d Pet. i 15-9.
I believe in denominational education, but I despise sectarian
bigotry. Let us have denominational instruction not for contro-
versial purposes, but to increase Christian intelligence. Every de-
nomination ought to maintain its own Sunday schools, because the
only place to successfully inform and firmly establish a people in the
doctrine of their church is in the Sunday school. If your church
has a foundation, don't be ashamed to know it and let other people
know it. The man who thinks that one church is just as good for
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him as another church, isn't worth much to any church. A man
must believe something? before he can or will do anything:. Men
don't strive to succeed in causes in which they do not believe.
Baptist loyalty demands that we stand by our faith and instruct the
younj; of our conii^reijations in the doctrines of our church.
CHURCHES ARE FOUNDED ON SOMETHING.
Baptists believe that the church is a spiritual, not a secular,
body. "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he
asked his disciples, saying^, whom do men say that I, the Son of Man
■Am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist; some
Elias; and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets." It was then
that he put the most momentous question of the ages — not only to
them, but to you, to me, to millions yet unborn — the question whose
answer will tell out in an eternity of life or an eternity of death —
"But whom do ye sa}' that I am .^" Then it was that Peter — impet-
uous, tempestuous, courageous, magnificent man that he was — be-
cause he was a man — rose to the majesty of the occasion and gave the
only confession of faith that any child of God need ever give — "Thou
art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Then the Master said,
"Blessed art thou Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood hath not re-
vealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven. And I say
also unto thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my
church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." — Matt.
16:13-19. It is not sufficient that we give intellectual assent that
Christ is the Son of the living God, that fiesh and blood reveal him
unto us; but the Spirit of the living God must breathe upon our
spirits, quicken and vitalize them with the truth, the consciousness
that we are his, and that "he gave his only begotten Son that who-
soever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Loyal Baptists believe that only those who have this spiritual
experience and consciousness of the Christ, the Son of the living
God, in their own hearts, are prepared to be a part of the church.
"They that gladly received his word were baptized and the
same day about 3,000 souls were added to them." — Acts 2:41.
"And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."
— Acts 2:47. Phillip preached Jesus to the Eunuch, (and, my
brethren, you don't have to preach anj'thing else now), when he
would save him. When the Eunuch saw much water and said
"What doth hinder that I be baptized ? Phillip said if thou believest
with all thine heart, thou mayest. The Eunuch said, I believe that
Jesus Christ is the son of God. And they went down both into the
water, both Phillip and the Eunuch, and he baptized him." —
Acts 8 : 35-38.
It is a dangerous thing for one who has not had this spiritual
conception and regeneration to join the church. It is so easy for a
feeling of security to grow upon one and for him to trust the church,
instead of the Lord, to save him.
Baptists believe that only immersion is baptism, but they do
not believe that it is essential to salvation. It is only a church ordi-
nance, the answer of a good conscience, a badge which the Christian
puts on, typifying his death to sin, the burial of the old man, and
the resurrection of a new man to a new life.
THE lord's supper.
Loyal Baptists are accused of being selfish, illmannered possi-
bly, on communion days. It is not our table, but the Lord's; not
our supper, but the Lord's; not taken in memory of one another,
but in memory of His sufferings and death.
We believe that only church members should partake of the
broken body and spilt blood. Our Lord "ate the passover with his
disciples" and not with the world. "And when the hour was come,
he sat down and the twelve apostles with him." — Mark 14:22-25:
Luke 22 ; 14-21 ; ist Cor. 11 : 24-29.
Believing, as we do, that only converted and baptized persons
should be members of the church, and that baptism is by immersion
at the hands of one scripturally set apart for the holy office. Baptists
partake of the Lord's supper with their brethren in the faith, re-
membering only the Lamb on Calvary slain.
We believe in a perfect and complete salvation. We worship
God as one who does nothing by halves. We do not believe in sin-
less perfection in this life, for a Christian, at best, is only a sinner
saved by grace. The trouble with us is that too many think that
when God has done his work, there's nothing for them to do.
"Faith without works is dead." Ponder well the scripture, "For it
is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of
the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and
have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to
come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance,
seeing that they crucify the Son of God afresh and put him to open
shame." — Hebrews 6:4-6.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow
me, and I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father
which gave them me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck
them out of my Father's hand." — St. John 10:27-29.
Shall we deny the faith and the comfort of the inafjnetic and
eloquent man of all the ages in his glorious tribute to God's love?
*'For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to sepa-
rate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." —
Rom. 8: 38-39.
Loyal Baptists, after all, are nothing more nor less than loyal
Christians. O, that every church might learn the power of loyalty.
At this hour, down by the waters of the Mexic sea, are thousands of
brave and patriotic young men who swelter in the noon daj' heat.
Tonight their upturned faces will be kissed by the light of the stars,
and in their dreams theyMl go back to the luxuries and loves of their
happy homes. They are ready at the drum beat and bugle blast to
rush to arms, not to drive back an invading foe, but to go forward
into other shores to give liberty to the down-trodden of a strange
and alien land. Why is it.? Their country has called and they falter
not to ask the reason why. O, my brethren of the Army of the
Cross, the great Captain who came from Edom with dyed garments
from Bozra, calls from Calvary's brow for us to drive out the in-
vading foe. I believe that loyal Baptists, loyal Methodists and loyal
Presbyterians will rally to this battle cry, and while each will and
should be true to its own colors, still the blood stained banner will
he the flag of us all.
don't be impatient.
Take care of the small things. Don't be discouraged. "Trust
in the Lord and he shall bring it to pass." If you have but a few,
teach them all the more. It were better to thoroughly ground and
establish a half dozen in the Baptist faith than to have a hundred
grounded in no faith at all. If you have strength enough to have a
Baptist church you have strength enough for a Baptist Sundav
school. Despise not the day of small things and grow not wear}- of
well doing. "The crimson streak on ocean's cheek tells of the com-
" Sometime when all life's lessons have been learned
And sun and stars forevermore have set.
The things which in our weak judgment here we spurned.
The things over which we grieved with lashes wet,
Will flash out of life's dark night.
As stars shine brighter in deeper tints of blue.
And we shall see how all God's plans are right,
And how what seemed reproof was love most true."
LIST OF BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS IN COOSA RIVER
Pro\idence, (Tall. Co.)
Spring Creek, (Vincent.)
Cruise School House.
LIST OF BAPTIST CHURCHES IN COOSA RIVER ASSO-
CIATION HAVING NO SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
Providence, (Shelby Co.)
Salem .$ i oo
Refuge I 60
Lincoln 6 16
Dry Valley 25
Talladega ....... 5 00
Alpine (pledged) .... .f i 00
Sylacauga i 00
Public Collection .... 8 10
Total , . . $24 36